Belgaum: Farmers’ Organizations in Karnataka have also planned to organise a tractor rally in the build-up to 26th January Republic Day Farmers Parade to repeal the farm laws.
Tractor rallies had started from several parts of Karnataka to join in Bangalore for 26th January. Tractors were about to start at Belgaum today morning but Police and the RTO Officers interrupted the tractor rally.
The police and the RTO Officers not just interrupted but also threatened farmers that their tractors would be seized if they participated in the tractor rallies.
Many organizations have joined in to organize Tractor Rally at Bengaluru on January 26th. In the run-up to this, tractors starting from many points had to undertake rallies all across the state to finally reach Bengaluru on January 26th.
Today tractor rally started from the Rani Chennamma Circle at Belgaum by Senior Activist Sirimane Nagaraj. The rally was supposed to pass through Dharwad to reach Hubli by evening. However, farmers have complained that in order to prevent the rally from happening, the Police and the RTO Officers joined together and threatened farmers that their vehicles would be seized.
“RTO Officers threatened us saying, do remember that you haven’t paid insurances for your tractors. We had left it at that. Now, if you go on the rally, your vehicles will definitely be seized. We have received orders to do so from Senior officers of Belgaum District Police” said the farmers.
“We have been trying to call up the Senior Police Officers of Belgaum District to speak to them about it. But, they are not picking up our calls. They are doing so intentionally to stop the farmers’ protests. However, they will not succeed. The government will have to witness and face a much stronger protest in case they do not allow us to continue with our peaceful tractor rallies” said Badagalapura Nagendra, President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) about the incident.
The protestors have informed that rallies from 5 regions of the state including the Kodagu-Mysore belt, Hassan – Chikkamagalur belt, Kolar – Chikkaballapura belt, Hyderabad – Karnataka belt will enter Bengaluru on January 26th and join-in for the parade.